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Nordictrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike Review

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The NordicTrack GX 4.7 is a recumbent bike designed to incorporate a lot of features you’d see on a commercial bike at an affordable price.

The GX 4.7 is NordicTrack’s attempt at offering a mid-level priced bike with all the features a rider could want.

Built with iFit compatibility, intermix acoustic sound system, fan and heart monitor the GX 4.7 is perfect for users who want to own an affordable machine with plenty of features.

If you are looking for a feature-rich bike that will make your ride as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, then you’ll want to consider the NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike.

NordicTrack GX 4.7

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Key Features

  • iFit compatible
  • 5 inch backlit display
  • 22 resistance levels
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Contact grip heart rate monitor
  • Fan Included

NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike Review

In this section, we will review the NordicTrack GX 4.7 and rate it according to various factors.

Price: 3/5

At just under $500 in most places. the Nordictrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike is suitably priced.

Whilst we believe there are better options for around this price than the GX 4.7 such as the Nautilus R616 recumbent bike, the number of features it has over budget bikes makes the price seem reasonable overall.

Reliability & Warranty: 1.5/5

The NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike fails in the area of reliability. From browsing Amazon reviews it’s clear from a number of them that the bike does seem to fail or breakdown quite soon after using it.

Users have reported clicking noises coming from the flywheel, problems with the display and some users haven’t even managed to get the bike working on delivery.

If you have read the reviews of the NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike on Amazon, you will see countless complaints about the product being poorly packaged leading to damaged or even missing parts on arrival.

As a result, customers have phoned Nordictrack but seem to become even more frustrated with the whole experience of owning the GX 4.7.

NordicTrack offers a very good warranty on the GX 4.7. The warranty covers parts and labour for 1 year and there’s a lifetime warranty on the frame.

However, whether it’s easy to claim on this warranty has yet to personally be tested, if it’s anything like the reviewers on Amazon are writing then expect a lot of frustration brought on by numerous phone calls and e-mails with Nordictrack’s customer service.

Stability and Quality: 2.5/5

The bike is relatively sturdy when set up however the seat is susceptible to some wobbling. Given this unstableness, you may feel a bit unsafe.

There have also been comments that the seat is very flat and not padded enough.

Nordictrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike seat
NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bikes large seat area

The quality of the NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike is mixed. The frame is sturdy however the way everything integrates with each other doesn’t always fit nicely.

In some respect, it feels like you’re forcing the parts to go together.

It does have a lot of cheap plastic too, particularly the cup holder area and casing around the wheel, and it’s these pieces that are reported as broken on arrival.

Resistance: 3.5/5

The NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike has 22 resistance levels which are enough to keep you well challenged and it also is smart enough to adjust itself if you’re using it with iFit (more on this later).

Whereas most exercise bikes come with manual controls to adjust resistance through a selector knob the NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike’s resistance is controlled electronically.

Whilst this isn’t a problem in the beginning, should the console unit breakdown then you will not be able to control the resistance.

Noise: 4/5

The flywheel is quiet and there should be no problems if you wish to watch TV, listen to music or work whilst riding.

Features: 4/5

The NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike comes with nice additional features that you won’t get on most lower-priced bikes.

Firstly there are dual two-inch speakers built into the console so you can connect your device and listen to your own playlists.

At the bottom of the GX 4.7 console, there is a fan to keep you cool during workouts.

And most importantly it does have a heart rate monitor installed via contact grips on the handlebars so you can measure your fitness progress.

Considering it’s a recumbent bike it probably would have made more sense to place the heart rate contacts on the handles just by the seat rather than placing them in an awkward position on either side of the console leaving the rider having to reach forward to make contact.

Nordictrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike console
NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike feature-rich console

A nice little feature of the NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike is that it does have a water bottle holder directly below the LCD console so it’s easy to grab a drink of water and stay hydrated whilst on it.

One of the main features that Nordictrack advertises on the GX 4.7 is its iFit compatibility.

In a nutshell, this allows you to view a Google Street Map view on your smart device (mobile/tablet) as you peddle and the resistance on the bike will change to match what you see.

You can use Google maps training routes from anywhere in the world.

Is this a great feature? Yes, of course.

What better way to make your bike ride more interesting by being able to visualise yourself peddling through different terrains across the world…

Now here’s the kicker, as of the time of writing you have to pay $150 a year for this privilege.

Of course, you can still use the GX 4.7 without iFit, but it may disappoint some people who have just paid around $500 expecting this feature to be included.

Should You Buy The NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike?

Nordictrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike Review

The NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike has some great features above the basic functions of an exercise bike.

It has speakers, fan and heart rate monitoring.

You could argue that its integration with iFit is also one of its strengths if you already have a subscription or are prepared to pay for one.

There does appear to be issues surrounding the NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike (based on Amazon reviews) regarding missing and damaged pieces on delivery as well as bad experiences with customer service.

You would have to say that there are other bikes that can offer all the same features (with exception of iFit compatibility) at the same price, and provide a better experience of owning the bike.

The Nautilus R616 recumbent bike is probably a better option if you are looking to pay around the $500 mark rather than purchasing the NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike.

Despite the negatives on its reliability, there are still users who are extremely happy with the NordicTrack GX 4.7 Exercise Bike.

If you can make sure you get a well-packaged bike with all the parts on delivery then you’re halfway there.

Consider purchasing a package that offers professional assembly so that any issues can be sorted out on delivery.

Overall Bike Rating: 3.5/5

  • Decent warranty
  • Very quiet
  • Fan
  • Speakers
  • iFit integration (if you have a membership)
  • Bad customer service experiences reported
  • Some pieces reported broken on arrival
  • iFit membership requires a subscription

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